Some of Our Investments

  • 4Children

    4Children works with children, young people and families through highly-rated Children’s Centres and nurseries across the country. 4Children is also an effective campaigner on child development and social policy issues. BII’s finance supported 4Children’s growth, enabling the charity to provide high quality care to more children.

  • Active Life

    Active Life is a community-owned leisure centre in Canterbury that provides affordable sports and recreation to the community. BII provided a loan to upgrade its facilities.

  • Adapt

    Adapt (North East) is a disability organisation who provide community transport for a wide range of people – undertaking home to school contracts for disabled children, and dial-a-ride shopping services for the elderly. Adapt needed funds to overhaul its fleet, which was in need of constant repair and causing financial strain. We provided not only the funds but advice and support through the process of borrowing the monies required. 

  • Barnardo's

    Barnardo's, a leading children’s charity, used investment from BII to set-up social enterprises with the surpluses used to support its work to free children’s lives from poverty, abuse and discrimination. Three social enterprises were launched: conferences, training & consultancy services for children’s services professionals, and specialist insurance.

  • Bell View

    Bell View support isolated older people in the remote North Northumberland area. BII provided finance to help establish a new venture to finalise the integration of the holistic support to provide care, healthy living and physical activity to the elderly. This will involve the 3 companies, Bell View (Belford) the parent company, Bell View Care and Bell View Help at Home. This is the second investment we have made into this group of companies.

  • Belu

    Belu is the first carbon neutral, bottled water company in the UK. It uses compostable bottles made from corn and invests all surpluses in clean water projects. BII was one of Belu’s earliest investors. Reed Paget, Belu’s CEO, won The Independent’s 2008 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

  • Birtenshaw

    Birtenshaw is a charity based outside of Bolton that provides high-quality services to children with physical and learning disabilities. BII provided finance to assist Birtenshaw acquire and refurbish property which will be used to provide a home for 3 children.

  • Blue Sky Development and Regeneration

    Blue Sky Development and Regeneration is a charity providing employment opportunities for ex-offenders to enable them to move successfully into long-term employment. Blue Sky currently delivers commercial contracts for municipal grounds maintenance, waste collection and recycling. Over the 7 years since it was set up, Blue Sky has employed nearly 700 ex-offenders, and of these, less than 15% have re-offended – a quarter of the national average.

  • Brigade

    The Brigade is the new restaurant, bar, private dining and events space in the historic Fire Station building in More London. It is a unique collaboration between PwC, De Vere Venues, The Beyond Food Foundation and the Homes and Communities Agency that will provide new training and employment opportunities for people at risk of homelessness. BII co-invested in the start-up of the restaurant.

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  • Brixton Green

    Brixton Green was founded by local residents in 2008 to drive the redevelopment of Somerleyton Road, and ensure that it provides real opportunities for training and employment of disadvantaged groups currently living on the surrounding estates, and in particular for young people, many of whom are unemployed and not in education. Brixton Green currently has over 1,200 local members/shareholders and plans to establish a number of social enterprises that will transform the area for good. BII provided a loan to help carry out planning work for the new development.

  • Bruvvers

    Bruvvers Theatre Company takes theatre out to disadvantaged communities in the North East of England. Primarily producing theatre for children, and aiming to provide an introduction to performance for young people who would otherwise be unable to access the arts. After fundraising from 2005 – 2007 to build The Round, a £1m theatre-in-the-round in Newcastle, Bruvvers produced 90% of the required capital and BII stepped in to assist with the final £100,000.

  • Carn Brea Leisure Trust

    Carn Brea is a community sport centre based in Cornwall, with a focus on inclusion for the most disadvantaged. Our investment has helped Carn Brea fit cut energy costs by two thirds and will allow the Trust to spend more on developing its services.

  • Catalyst Charitable Trust

    Catalyst Charitable Trust were awarded a loan from BII to help enable delivery of its objectives, increasing the breadth of Science Education it offers and broaden opportunities for young people, as well as taking on a Marketing and Promotions Manager to help promote their Science Discovery Centre throughout the UK.

  • Charity Technology Trust

    Charity Technology Trust, is a commercially run, IT systems integration business that takes pro-bono or discounted products and services from the IT sector and packages them into value standard product offerings for charities with the aim of improving the quality and efficiency of their operations.

  • Chocolate Films

    Chocolate Films Ltd (CFL) produce documentary and promotional films for charities, public sector bodies and arts organisations. BII provided a working capital loan to Chocolate Films.

  • Cielo

    Cielo is a social enterprise cafe that offers high quality coffee and food in Garforth, Leeds.  The cafe seeks to build community cohesion and reduce loneliness through a warm welcome, as well as employment and volunteering opportunities. The finance from BII has enabled Cielo to acquire a coffee roaster and expand operations to two new sites.

  • Collage Arts

    Collage Arts is an arts development charity based in Wood Green (Haringey). The organisation provides space and offices to over 200 artists and creative businesses, which collectively employ over 500 people in one of the most deprived wards in England. In addition to being a creative businesses incubator, Collage Arts takes on creative apprentices from young people not in education or employment. The training and apprenticeships provide an opportunity for these young people to develop their employment skills, raise their aspiration, obtain qualifications and meet employers. Last year, 77% of apprentices completing the courses have gone on to University or full time employment.

  • Connection Crew

    Connection Crew is an events logistics company that employs 25% of its workforce from the ranks of the ex-homeless and whose profits go to the homeless charity Connection At St Martin’s (CSTM). Over the past five years Connection Crew provided more than 25,000 hours of paid work for formerly homeless people. BII has provide Connection Crew with finance to acquire operational software and for working capital during a period of rapid growth in 2012.

  • CORE Music CIC

    CORE Music encourages and promotes supported musical activities to the socially excluded. And aim to provide opportunities for involvement in music for people of all ages and abilities. CORE Music were able to set up a store selling musical instruments, after an investment from BII, which enabled them to purchase stock and expand the business

  • Crowborough Rugby and Football Club

    Crowborough RFC is one of the most successful rugby football clubs in East Sussex and with the help of a loan from BII  CRFC were able to build a new clubhouse at Steel Cross, which acts as a community base and helps fund the clubs, through a stream of revenue, from venue hire etc. 

  • CW Renewable Energy

    CW Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the UK charity, The Converging World (“TCW”). TCW seeks to address climate change, promote sustainable development, and accelerate economic development by installing and operating renewable energy projects in the developing world, specifically wind turbines in Tamil Nadu in Southern India, and the surpluses re-invested in new renewable energy projects or upstreamed to TCW to support its social and environmental projects in India and the UK.

  • Digartref Ynys Mon

    Digartref Ynys Mon in Anglesey supports vulnerable young people between 16 and 25 years to develop skills in their training centre. BII financed refurbishment of their accommodation for young people who may have been affected by housing issues.

  • East England Schools (trading as 4myschools)

    East England Schools is a franchisee of 4myschools, which has developed a unique social enterprise supply teacher agency model for primary and secondary schools. Since 2011, BII has provided EES with two loans, totalling £200,000, for working capital purposes.

  • East Lancashire Deaf Society - Kings Court

    The East Lancashire Deaf Society based in Blackburn bought King’s Court, a listed building and have refurbished it to create a modern business centre offering office accommodation and conference facilities. King’s Court provides employment opportunities for Deaf people and helps to combat the social exclusion of Deaf people.

  • Eco Communities

    Eco Communities is a dynamic and rapidly expanding social enterprise. Its core business is the delivery of Employment and Skills services, IT recycling and Digital Inclusion and Community Asset management, including Community Libraries on behalf of Local Authorities. Over the last year, Eco Communities had footfall across their Community buildings of approximately 200,000 people, diverted around 100 tonnes of IT equipment from landfill and delivered training to over 500 unemployed people, assisting over 50 into employment.

  • Fifteen Foundation

    Fifteen Foundation, founded by Jamie Oliver, provides training for disadvantaged young people in the restaurant industry. BII financed the expansion of Fifteen’s operations during its early days. Fifteen has succeeded in giving young people a transition opportunity to a good career – latest figures show that 75% were still chefing or working in another part of the food industry.

  • First Take Video

    First Take Video are an award-winning independent production and training organisation in Liverpool’s arts quarter. They compete at the highest level using state-of-the-art equipment thanks to funding from BII. This has enabled the innovative organisation, which specialises in working with and promoting diverse communities, creating ground-breaking films and programmes, to invest in much-needed new equipment.

  • Five Lamps

    The BII loan enabled Five Lamps to refurbish a Grade 2 listed in Stockton town centre, to provide vital facilities for hard to reach people in the community, providing services, such as assistance into employment; young people’s services; a range of key skills and accredited learning; financial inclusion advice and access to affordable credit. It has become one of the largest and most highly respected social enterprise organisations in the region, employing 80 staff.

  • Folkestone Sports Centre

    Folkestone Sports Centre Trust Limited, based in Kent, strives to improve the health and welfare of its local community, providing affordable sports and fitness facilities to low income residents and access to physical fitness programmes for individuals with health issues. BII provided a loan to upgrade facilities.

  • Funky World CIC

    Funky World Children’s Activity Centre, is helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people thanks to funding from BII. It has enabled the purchase of premises and the design of a new centre which will provide learning and play opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters, their carer’s and families in Hartlepool.

  • Fusion Lifestyle

    Fusion Lifestyle is a charity operating over 50 quality sports and leisure facilities around London and the Midlands. The BII loan was for the redevelopment of the Wycombe Rye Lido in High Wycombe, which had closed to the public in 2009.

  • Goodwill Solutions CIC

    Goodwill Solutions is a third party logistics company operating in Northamptonshire providing warehousing, fulfilment and distribution services for large UK retailers and overseas manufacturers. Whilst the company operates on a commercial basis, it provides short-term work placements and training opportunities for disadvantaged people to help them into sustainable employment. The BII investment is to support the scale-up of the business and social impact through the relocation to a new warehouse.

  • Hackney Community Transport (HCT)

    HCT is a fast-growing, award-winning Community Interest Company providing public transport that creates employment and training opportunities, as well as transport services for the elderly, children and people with disabilities. BII has financed HCT since 2006 including a growth capital investment in 2010.

  • Halton

    Halton runs a well-used community centre in the North-West of England which appeals to all sections of the community. They are building a water turbine, the profits of which will be granted to local community projects. Halton has received a large grant to build the turbine but receives the monies in arrears. Our loan will be used by Halton to support the cash flow and working capital needs of the project.

  • Highland Home Carers

    Highland Home Carers (“HHC”) is an award-winning provider of at-home care services for vulnerable people in the Highlands of Scotland. HHC is 100% owned by the employees and the right to share in profits is central to the social mission of HHC incentivising staff to deliver high-quality services.

  • Horns Drove Community Pre-School

    Horns Drove Community Pre-School, is a pre-school nursery that were able to relocate from the local village hall in Rownhams, Southampton and build their own premises in the grounds of a local primary school. A loan from BII facilitated the building and refurbishing of the new building, and has proven to be a growing success.

  • Learning Fields CIC

    Learning Fields is an outdoor learning social enterprise in Cumbria and helps people of all ages and abilities get closer to nature. Receiving a loan from BII enabled the organisation to establish its residential facilities, providing an opportunity for individuals or groups to observe and enjoy the countryside in a safe environment.

  • Linkskill

    The Linskill Centre is a thriving community centre with 82,000 visits from the North Tyneside community per year. The Centre provides a hiring space, activity classes, café, nursery and a community garden project. The finance from BII will help them develop further the nursery, presently it can cater for 26 children per day and currently has 100+ regular children registered. The plan is to now provide full-day-care services and to take on more staff to accommodate an extra 12 childcare places and the extension of hours.

  • Midlands Psychology

    Midlands Psychology provides services to children with disabilities in the East Midlands. BII provided finance to Midlands Psychology to assist the acquisition and refurbishment of property which will be used to provide a home for 3 children.

  • Mission 12-17

    Mission 12-17 is an under 18’s club, located at Sunderland city centre. The members-only club helps teach its young members key social skills such as, self-esteem and self confidence as well as respect for others.  The youth centre also includes a regular drop-in service by organisations such as Youth Drug Alcohol Project, the Sunderland NHS sexual health SHOWT team, Connexions and community police.

  • Moneyline

    Moneyline (formerly East Lancashire Moneyline) is a not-for-profit Industrial & Provident Society established in 2002 in Blackburn, providing unsecured microfinance loans to customers unable to access mainstream finance. Since 2011, BII has provided ELM with five loans, totalling £2.3m, to support its rapid expansion.

  • Mow & Grow

    Mow & Grow is an award winning social enterprise which uses its innovative gardening business as a means to train and employ individuals that might historically have found sustainable employment difficult to obtain due to their backgrounds. Based in the country's most deprived wards, Mow & Grow are leading the way to help civil renewal in the surrounding areas. BII has stepped in to help Mow & Grow with a loan to support cash flow and capital expenditure to build capacity to deliver a £5 million contract with the DWP.

  • My Time CIC

    My Time is an award winning counselling service that provides therapy to those underserviced by traditional mental health provision such as those with a black and/or ethnic minority origin. My Time supports 600 people and can deliver therapy in 22 languages. BII’s finance will allow My Time to launch social franchises to replicate the model in 15 cities across the UK.

  • Neilston Community Trust

    Neilston Community Trust is implementing an ambitious program of town renewal in the West of Scotland – this includes training, employment and inclusion of the most disadvantaged. Our investment has helped Neilston build a community wind farm, the profits from which will fund program for the next 25 years.

  • North Liverpool Regeneration

    North Liverpool Regeneration is a community organisation that aims to address multi-deprivation in North Liverpool. They work to improve the employment prospects and quality of life for local residents through activities their community centre and community hall. Services they provide to the local people include cookery classes, sports activities, construction apprenticeships, business support, tea dances, nursery services and independent living units. BII provided finance to install LED lights to help reduce energy costs.

  • Nottingham Community Sports

    Nottingham Community Sports Ltd (NCSL) was formed in June 2008, aiming to generate an increase in sporting activity in the community. NCSL is committed to developing local sports facilities and increasing the level of sporting involvement, especially among the young, deprived and disabled. A loan from BII helped NCSL refurbish the premises.

  • Pathfinder Healthcare Developments

    Pathfinder Healthcare Developments (CIC) is an innovative provider of extended primary care services, specialising in the needs of inner city multiracial populations. BII is financing the roll-out of the redesign of its extended preventative health care service in Birmingham which is anticipated to transform health service delivery.


    PHASES is a charity based in Southwark which brings empty homes back into use and by doing so creates employment and training opportunities for individuals with a history of long-term unemployment, including those with a history of homelessness. BII finance will help PHASES complete a large project in South-East London which will provide social housing for up to 7 people.

  • Pontin Charitable Trust

    Pontin Charitable Trust is an Environmental Charity making loans to environmental social enterprises in the South West.

  • Positive Support in Tees

    Positive Support in Tees is a start-up mental health provider that offers bespoke care services to individuals with forensic needs to transition from institutional care to independent supported living. BII has provided a working capital loan to support further business development.

  • Running Deer CIC

    Running Deer is a Community Interest Company that provides rural skills training courses to the unemployed and to those with learning, physical and / or behavioural problems.  BII’s investment will assist Running Deer to acquire 15 acres of woodland in Devon.

  • Sandwell Community Caring Trust

    Sandwell Community Caring Trust (SCCT) is a charity that provides housing and social care services for the disabled and elderly in the West Midlands and Devon. SCCT spun out of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in 1997 and has grown from the original 85 staff and 62 service users to 650 staff and 700 services users today. The majority of operations are in Sandwell, one for the most deprived Local Authorities in England.

  • SCA Trafalgar Dental Services

    SCA Trafalgar provides high quality dentistry in areas of high dental need. It was founded in 2006 with the help of investment from Big Issue Invest, as a subsidiary of the long established social enterprise the SCA Group. It has since grown to a seven practice business, providing dental services for over 80,000 people annually. In 2013 Big Issue Invest, in partnership with RBS, supported SCA Trafalgar’s move into Dorset, with the establishment of a new NHS practice in Swanage. High quality, affordable dentistry is crucial to the health, wellbeing and prosperity of all communities and SCA Trafalgar exists to deliver that for those most in need.

  • Seaton Sluice Scout Group

    Seaton Sluice Scout Group is a youth based organisation in Tyne and Wear which, thanks to a loan from BII, has been able to buy its own premises. Its objective is to enable children to achieve their own personal challenges and goals through a structured programme of activities, with the aim of raising confidence, aspirations and self esteem in preparation for later life.

  • Smart Kids

    Smart Kids is a Fulwood based childcare social enterprise. A loan from BII has enabled the organisation to refurbish a newly acquired building and employ more staff, in order to provide vital childcare facilities for working parents, single parents and those attending higher education who require full or part-time care for their children in the local community.

  • Social Enterprise Academy

    Social Enterprise Academy provides high-quality business and leadership programs to the third sector.
    The Academy is based in Scotland and has recently launched two hubs in Australia and South Africa. Our investment will enable the social enterprise continue its operations across the UK and overseas.


    SPACE CIC offers flexible and supportive work experience opportunities for young people while contributing towards the regeneration of Blackpool. In December 2006, SPACE acquired a lease on an empty building which they developed as affordable rehearsal and recording studios for young musicians. A loan from BII enabled internal building alterations.

  • Stevenage CAB

    Stevenage Citizens Advice Bureau won a Contract from the Legal Services Commission to provide a debt and legal counselling help line nationwide. BII financed the working capital requirements for successful contract delivery.

  • Talking Mats

    Talking Mats is a social enterprise delivering tools and training for those with communication difficulties. Talking Mats is led by an experienced and innovative team of Speech and Language Therapists. The Big Issue Investment is helping Talking Mats develop new products and to deliver services to more individuals.

  • Thames Reach Housing Association Limited

    Thames Reach is a leading charity that has been tackling homelessness in London since 1984, helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives through a broad spectrum of services including street outreach services, hostel and specialist accommodation, tenancy support services, and learning and employment programmes. The BII investment is to support the delivery of a payment by results contract to work with 415 entrenched rough sleepers in London over the next three years.

  • The Bay Trust - Pines Calyx

    Pines Calyx is an eco conference centre and events venue in Dover which has used state of the art low carbon, sustainable building and maintenance techniques. BII provided a loan which allowed completion of the project. In 2007, the design team won the prestigious Sustainable City Awards for excellence in sustainable building design.

  • The SWEET Project

    The SWEET Project delivers both high quality training for social work students and support to vulnerable families and children. Our investment has helped the SWEET Project move to larger premises in South Birmingham, take on more students and deliver more services.

  • The Warehouse Centre

    The Warehouse Centre re-branded as The Mega Centre Rayleigh is a community activity centre based in Rayleigh, Essex owned by the registered charity ACT (Active Christian Trust). The Centre offers a wide range of indoor activities and provides activity clubs for those with special needs and free support clubs for the unemployed. BII provided finance to enable the fitting of LED lighting which helps reduce the Centre’s electricity bills.

  • Thorpete Gas Services Ltd

    Thorpete provides gas installation and maintenance services, mainly for Housing Associations. It trains and employs long term unemployed young people in the East Midlands. BII financed the upgrade of its customer service IT system to improve the quality of its service.

  • Training for Life

    Training for Life, led by Gordon da Silva, twice awarded Social Entrepreneur of the Year (London), helps long term unemployed return to work through entrepreneurial endeavour within small businesses such as restaurants, gymns and training centres. Known principally for its gastronomically acclaimed work at the Hoxton Apprentice, BII provided assistance to expand it operations to Dartmouth.

  • Turning Point

    Turning Point, led by Lord Victor Adebowale, is one of the UK’s leading social care organisations. BII financed the start-up of Connected Care, a new model of public service delivery, which integrates health, social care and housing services to meet the needs of low-income people in the most deprived areas of England and Wales, with the community playing a central role in the design and delivery of those services.

  • Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council

    Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council works in one of the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods from which it delivers training and other services to the local community. Its subsidiary company operates a sports and social club within the premises and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Care T/A Lifeline is a charity providing telephone and alarms to the elderly and infirm. VNC also has set up a new social enterprise "The Floating Grace" providing training and employment opportunities for catering students from Liverpool Community College. Our finance will support their installation of LED lights to help reduce energy bills.

  • Venture Partnership Foundation

    Venture Partnership Foundation (VPF) is a mutual organisation founded by private equity and venture capital professionals which provides grant funding, social investment and professional support to scale up the trading arms of charities. BII has provided investment capital to VPF from which investments in three social enterprises have been made to date.

  • Walton Park Indoor Football Centre

    Walton Park Indoor Football Centre provides community sporting activities in the form of three indoor artificial turf football pitches. The principle outcome is to facilitate the community asset transfer of Walton Park to a social enterprise ensuring the continuance of a community resource for some existing 1500+ weekly sports users. WPIFC will be one part of this process, with between 400 and 600 hours of user involvement each week. Our finance supported the setup costs including relaying of one of the pitches.

  • War Child

    War Child’s mission is to support and strengthen the protective environment for children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion. War Child is an international charity that makes use of its excellent links to the UK music industry to protect children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. BII provided a working capital loan to War Child.

  • Wheelbase

    Wheelbase launched in 1991 and works with young people between 14 - 25 providing accredited qualifications in motor vehicle and key skills alongside a Life and Social Skills Programme. A loan from BII enabled Wheelbase to move to new premises, helping to increase its ability to support greater numbers of students in the area.

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